Basas grateful, but 'reconciliation will take time'
MANILA, Philippines - The impeachment trial on Friday, May 25, provided television viewers a real life drama: a surprising reconciliation between bitter rivals Cristina Corona and her Basa relatives.
After 3 decades of bitter family dispute, Cristina approached them inside the Senate VIP Gallery, hugged them, and cried with them. The Basas also later approached Chief Justice Renato Corona in the witness stand.
What did the reconciliation mean?
Rappler asked Eric Basa, one of the children of the late Jose Maria Basa III. "I'm not sure," he told Rappler on Friday. The family asked the media to give them time to process what happened.
Jose Maria was the nemesis of Cristina whom Corona attacked in the witness stand on Tuesday, May 22, as a jobless "spoiled brat" who supposedly eased out Cristina's mother from a P2.5-billion property in Libis, Quezon City.
The Basas were dragged in the impeachment trial because Corona used his wife's family corporation Basa Guidote Enterprises Inc. (BGEI) to justify his multi-million peso deposits and real property acquisitions. It turned out that the Corona's "questionably" took over BGEI from the Basas.
Two days since the reconciliation, the Basas issued a statement saying they "appreciate" Cristina's initiative. But it "will be a long journey of healing and reconciliation," the statement said.
"It will take time and it may be a painful process for all involved in light of the 30 years of pain preceding it. There are still fundamental differences that have to be addressed...The truth must be made evident," the statement added.
Read the full text of the Basa statement below:
We are happy that our pursuit for peace within our family is finally becoming a reality. As we have said in past interviews this has been a long struggle for us. We are thankful that our message, as well as Sister Flory's message, was heard & well received by Cristina & her family. We are grateful to the Lord that He has touched their hearts & appreciate the initiative they displayed at the Senate Impeachment Court last Friday to mend our broken relationship.
This will be a long journey of healing and reconciliation. It will take time and it may be a painful process for all involved in light of the 30 years of pain preceding it. There are still fundamental differences that have to be addressed including the damaging statements, falsehoods and accusations against our family, the probate of our Lola Charing (Rosario Basa), court convictions, BGEI stock and financial issues, and, most especially, clearing the tarnished good name of our father, Jose Maria Basa III. The truth must be made evident.
Moving forward, we are one with the Filipino people that the country may find peace & resolve in its search for true justice. We fully support the efforts in the search for the truth. The impeachment is in the hands of the Senator Judges. Ultimately, the determination as to whether or not Chief Justice Renato Corona is fit to remain in office must be made based on the evidence presented in court and what is best for the country and the good of the people.
(signed) Ana, Eric, Carmen, Isabelle & Francesca Basa